College Counseling & Student Development


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College Counseling & Student Development

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On Campus

Program Description

The College Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) master¿s program prepares students for careers in the field of student affairs and higher education. Our program espouses the following core values:

Helping Skills. CCSD students situate their work with college students in helping, advising, and motivational interviewing skills. By grounding their graduate socialization in the helping profession, CCSD students foster holistic wellness, learning, growth, and development for themselves and their students.

Student Development. CCSD students critically examine theories of college student development and through experiential education opportunities, practice applying those theories to their own development and their work with college students.

Social Justice. CCSD students interrogate inherited systems of power (like racism, sexism, classism, etc.) and examine how power shapes college student development. Through self-work and story-sharing, CCSD students develop awareness, knowledge, and skills to facilitate brave space and advance social justice and inclusion.

CCSD students integrate theory, practice, and self-reflection to inform their student affairs critical praxis. CCSD graduates go on to work at public and private four-year institutions, community and technical colleges and universities, as well as higher education adjacent organizations across the state of Minnesota, the United States, and globally.


College of Health and Wellness Professions



Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

Bachelors Degree

Minimum undergraduate GPA for admission


Other requirements applicants MUST complete prior to admission.

The GRE is not required.

Admissions process.

Interview required.

Required GPA for graduation


Minimum Course Grade

C+ (2.33)

Minimum Course Grade Applies To

All courses in this program


Program Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of historical roots, philosophical assumptions, ethical considerations, and critical issues in student affairs and higher education.


Demonstrate understanding of student development and counseling theories through application in coursework, practicum, internship, and culminating project (portfolio or thesis).


Integrate theory, practice, and self-reflection (critical praxis) to inform professional actions.


Demonstrate analytical skills and the ability to utilize tools of inquiry such as assessment and evaluation techniques, research methods, critical thinking, and technology to explore, explain, and improve college student development.


Demonstrate understanding and appreciation of global perspectives in both supporting international students in the United States and examining the internationalization of student affairs in higher education.


Communicate thoughts, views, and analysis verbally and in writing; effectively utilizing APA (7th ed.) style and formatting.

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